Creed II proved to be a heavyweight champion, helping to propel the box office to the biggest Thanksgiving weekend in history.
Total ticket sales for the Wednesday to Sunday holiday movie-going period added up to an estimated $314 million. That marked the first time the Thanksgiving box office has passed $300 million, according to Comscore. The previous record of $294 million was set in 2013, when The Hunger Games: Catching Fire was in theaters.
This weekend, Disney’s Ralph Breaks the Internet topped the box office after collecting $55.6 million over the three-day weekend, and a stunning $84.4 million since its debut on Wednesday.
Creed II also landed a knockout punch. It brought in $35.3 million over three days and an impressive $55.8 million since Wednesday, for a second place finish.
The sequel to Creed, starring Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone, landed the best opening ever in the Rocky cinematic universe.
“The first Creed film was a revelation to many who figured the Rocky saga had run its course,” Comscore Sr. Media Analyst Paul Dergarabedian told Urban Hollywood 411. “That film presented a fresh take on the Rocky mythology and set the stage for the crowd and critic-pleasing Creed II.”
Creed II has a stellar 82 percent positive rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes.
The MGM-New Line release is directed by Steven Caple Jr., and co-stars Tessa Thompson, Wood Harris, Phylicia Rashad and Dolph Lundgren.
The boxing drama surpassed the weekend opening of Ryan Coogler-directed Creed, which collected $42 million over the five-day Thanksgiving movie-going period in 2015.
Elsewhere this weekend, Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch slipped to third place with $30.2 million over three days.
Last week’s leader, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald was fourth with $29.6 million, and
Bohemian Rhapsody rounded out the top five with $13.8 million.
Lionsgate’s Robin Hood opened in a distant seventh place with $9.1 million.
After debuting in limited release on Nov. 16, Universal’s Green Book expanded nationwide but struggled to find an audience in crowded theaters.
The critically acclaimed film starring Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali landed in ninth place after earning a disappointing $5.4 million over the three-day weekend, and $7.4 million since Wednesday.